Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 29th 2013 Contents NAPIER, New Zealand---Jason Holder said
West Indies are eager to build on the
momentum they gained from their victory
in the first One-day International against
The lanky Windies fast bowler was speaking
ahead of the second ODI, a day/night fixture
which was scheduled to take place last night
Caribbean Time at McLean Park here.
The visitors lead the five-match series 1-
0, after a two-wicket victory in a low-scoring
contest in a day/night affair at Eden Park in
the New Zealand Super City of Auckland.
"It was a good start to the series for us,
exactly what we wanted, the momentum
going into the next few games," said Holder.
"Obviously, the result were not what we
wanted coming out of the preceding Test
series and so the captains have changed, the
mood has changed, so we are in a different
spirit and heading forward."
"We have a really good team spirit going
right now. It is very important that we find
ways to keep it going and keep improving.
We are looking towards the 2015 World Cup,
so it all starts here and every series we play
Holder collected two wickets in the first
ODI and made a significant impact with the
new ball alongside Ravi Rampaul and was
keen to continue in this vein. "The early over
were very crucial in the game," he said. "We
felt there was a bit in the pitch early on so
we tried to make full use of it. I didn't get
the wickets up front, but Ravi got two early
scalps, so my job was to keep it tight. I came
back for my second spell and got a couple
wickets so I'm enjoying the dynamic between
Ravi and myself."
The McLean Park pitch looked to be a
belter on the eve of the match and Holder
recognised the short square boundaries could
be a challenge in trying to keep a lid on the
New Zealanders' batting.
"As a professional, you always have to make
adjustments to your game to accommodate
the conditions," he said. "We will have to see
how it goes with the first few overs, it's a
smaller ground and then make the adjust-
"I am constantly working on my game.
I'm working on putting on a few more miles
an hour and try to get the ball through a little
quicker. At this time, I am taking it stage by
stage. I am not fighting it, trying to bowl
faster at the expense of accuracy. I think the
speed will come in time as I get stronger and
play more cricket and it will become a great
The 22-year-old Holder is on his first trip
to New Zealand with the senior West Indies
side, although it's not unfamiliar territory for
He was a member of the Young West Indies
side that played in the ICC Youth World Cup
here four years ago.
Holder said he wanted to use every oppor-
tunity to cement his place in the side with
a view to earning a place in the Test side.
"Obviously, Test cricket is the point where
I want to get," he said. "At the moment, the
selectors have not chosen me for Test match-
es, but I will just keep doing what I am doing
and I will hopefully get there soon.
"I believe playing Tests would improve my
cricket a lot more. I would have more time
in the middle bowling, as well as batting,
since I consider myself a decent batsman. At
this stage, it is just about getting here and
Holder has identified former Barbados and
West Indies fast bowler Ezra Moseley as the
major influence on his bowling during his
high school years when he was a student of
The St. Michael School, located in the Bar-
bados capital of Bridgetown.
He however, has come under the direction
of West Indies fast bowling legend Curtly
Ambrose playing for the Combined Campuses
& Colleges in the West Indies first-class and
domestic limited-overs tournaments, and
Courtney Walsh, another West Indies fast
bowling legend, when he played for the Young
Windies, but revealed other influences.
"We have some pretty good legends like
Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh to
whom I looked up to when I was a kid," he
"I also learnt a lot from watching Andrew
Flintoff in the 2005 Ashes -- which I think
was one of the best series I have ever watched
in my life. I just try to emulate those types
of bowlers because they were tall like me and
I try to do best."
On working closely with Ambrose, he said:
"Ambrose was a disciplinarian and he tried
to get my bowling as precise as possible. He
would always stress on the fine things and
worked on getting me to bowl as consistently
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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados---Barbados cricket
selectors have retained most of the players
who campaigned in the regional tournament
this year for the NAGICO Super50 Cup in
Trinidad and Tobago, starting next month.
The Barbados Cricket Association (BCA)
named the 14-member squad in a media release
on Friday but stated that the management team
would be announced at a later date.
Barbados is grouped with Combined Cam-
puses and Colleges (CCC), Leeward Islands
and Trinidad and Tobago while Guyana,
Jamaica, overseas team Ireland and defending
champions Windward Islands will vie for a
semi-final spot in the other group. CMC
Squad: Sulieman Benn, Tino Best,
Rashidi Boucher, Carlos Brathwaite,
Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter,
Shane Dowrich, Fidel Edwards, Kirk
Edwards, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse,
Dwayne Smith, Kevin Stoute, Kenroy
Reserves: Miguel Cummins, Jamar
Griffith, Shai Hope.
NAPIER, New Zealand---West Indies
batsman Darren Bravo will miss the
remainder of the One Day Interna-
tional (ODI) series and Twenty20
matches against New Zealand fol-
lowing his departure from the team
due to personal reasons.
The left-hander departed Auck-
land for Trinidad on Saturday,
according to the West Indies Cricket
No further reasons were given for
his departure but the WICB said that
there will be no replacement for
Bravo in the West Indies ODI squad,
which has now been reduced to 14.
Bravo scored 14 in the first ODI,
which West Indies won in Auckland
and an aggregate 262 runs from four
innings in the test series including
218 in the first test at Dunedin.
Bravo's absence means Kirk
Edwards, who scored seven runs in
two innings in the test series and
carried the drinks in the first ODI,
will likely fill the slot in the top order
for the rest of the tour.
West Indies take a one-nil lead
into the second ODI at Napier on
(Saturday night Caribbean time).
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